David B. Owsley II

David Owsley is a Member in the firm’s Business Litigation Service Group in Louisville. He practices complex and bet-the-company litigation in courts across the country, with subjects including intellectual property, commercial disputes, government investigations, product liability, international disputes, trusts and estates, antitrust, fiduciary duty, corporate governance, executive employment, legal ethics, professional liability, and constitutional law.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Title Agencies Did Not Violate RESPA Affiliated Business Rule

The Title Insurance Law Newsletter, American Land Title Association, September 2017

3rd Circ. Won't Revive $80M Fragrance Secrets Row

by Dan Packel,, February 12, 2016

Victory for Tech21 as OtterBox ends patent dispute with protective case rival

by Michael Garwood, MobileNews, September 15, 2015

Accepting the Dual Sovereignty Exception to Double Jeopardy: A Hard Case Study

81 Wash. U. L.Q. 765 (2003)

State Restrictions on Undocumented Noncitizens: The Interplay of Equal Protection, Federal Preemption and Federal Exclusivity

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Several Jurisdictions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Leadership Louisville
Community Involvement

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2016

Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Attorney

Before Stites & Harbison

During the summer of 2002, Dave worked for a law clinic in South Africa. Before law school, Dave worked as a research assistant and for a dot-com startup. He also completed the McIntire Business Institute program at the University of Virginia School of Commerce.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Dave has volunteered for the Legal Aid Society in representing individuals and families in housing related issues and forcible detainer actions.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Dave enjoys travel and has backpacked extensively in countries in Africa, Central America, Asia, and Europe.


Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2018-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-17)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Future Star (2015-22)

Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List (2016, 2018)

Owsley D Best Lawyers 2022
Benchmark Litigation Futurestar 2019
Benchmark Litigation Under40Hotlist
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